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Applications filed for more Slough data centres

Written by Mon 27 Nov 2023

An unnamed developer has filed an Environmental Screening Opinion request with Slough Borough Council for the construction of two data centres. Equinix has also been revealed as the data centre provider behind a new Slough data centre campus.

An application filed by an unnamed developer said the demolition of three buildings on Bath Road (188, 190, 200) will be necessary for the construction of the first data centre, followed by the demolition of three separate buildings (208, 210, 216) for the second data centre. 

If approved, both sites will feature office space, substations, plant enclosures, and ancillary works. Currently, the six buildings on Bath Road are multilevel office spaces. 

The application did not disclose the size or capacity of the data centres. The consultation expiry date is 12 December 2023.

Equinix revealed as Slough Data Centre Campus Developer

Insider Media reported that Equinix is the developer behind plans to build a data centre on a former AkzoNobel paint and manufacturing facility in Slough.

The proposal said the company seeks to build a data centre campus after the demolition of the remaining buildings on the site.

The site currently incorporates six former industrial buildings, including a single-storey fuel store, five and two-storey office buildings, and a further two and three-storey industrial buildings.

The application is intended to speed up the process of demolishing and decontaminating the remaining portion of the site. This follows similar work that was permitted under a prior approval application in 2019. 

Two Equinix data centres are already under construction for data centre provider, Yondr, on land situated directly across from the proposed sites’ access road. This land was also previously part of the AkzoNovel paint coating and manufacturing site.

Approval has been recommended for Equinix’s plans by council staff.

Equinix’s involvement in the Slough Data Centre Campus is significant. Currently operating data centres LD4, LD5, LD6, LD11x, LD10, and LD13x in Slough, the company is expanding with the construction of a new 30MW facility, LD14.

Slough’s Burgeoning Data Centre Scene

Cyxtera entered into an asset purchase agreement under which Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its institutional partners will acquire substantially all of Cyxtera’s assets for £634.2 million ($775 million). 

As part of the deal, Brookfield granted Digital Realty a purchase option to acquire a colocation data centre outside of London, in the Slough Trading Estate. The company currently has a data centre campus in Slough named LHR1.

In 2017, US-based information management firm, Iron Mountain, acquired two data centres from Credit Suisse. The Slough-based LON-1 is now joined by LON-2 in the same area.

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Written by Mon 27 Nov 2023

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